The most common problem people have when starting out with succulents is overwatering. Imagine a cactus in the wild. Where do you see it?—probably some sandy expanse, right? Succulents and cacti are typically desert plants, and as such they’re adapted to living in dry, arid environments. They are xerophilic, and aren’t used to receiving lots of water.
Overwatering can cause your plants to die pretty quickly. Too much moisture in the soil:
- causes root rot
- prevents plants from absorbing nutrients properly
- attracts garden pests, and makes your soil a great breeding ground for them
- promotes bacterial and fungal growth
Signs and symptoms of overwatering
- wilting—succulents may become visibly sad and droopy looking
- Yellowing leaves (chlorosis)
- Edema—blisters and bumps that leave permanent scars on leaves
- leaf drop—even healthy looking new growth may begin falling off the stems.
- squishy stems and leaves